Psychological Benefits of Daily Practice
Psychological Benefits of Daily Practice

Thrilling Thursday: Psychological Benefits of Daily Practice To me there are an infinite number of benefits psychologically that happen over time from the experience of daily practice: Our relationship with time is forever improved and changed. We find out that no matter what the new day brings, there is always enough time to practice. Some

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Why Should I Practice Violin Every Single Day?
Why Should I Practice Violin Every Single Day?

Wise Wednesday: The questions which are at the heart of tricky daily practice are: Why should I practice every single day? How important is it to practice every day? What are the benefits of practicing every day? Are the benefits such that this amazing goal is important? Why do I ask my students to take

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Tricky Tuesday: Practice Everyday
Tricky Tuesday: Practice Everyday

When I was on the faculty at the Colorado Suzuki Institute under the direction of Gail Seay (another hero of mine!), she did something that totally blew my mind. At an afternoon concert she asked those people who had practiced every day for the past year to come on stage. The stage was full of

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Magical Monday: Nurtured by Love
Magical Monday: Nurtured by Love

Magical Monday: Nurtured by Love Shinichi Suzuki (my hero!) said so many wonderful things to us for the sake of the world’s children. When ever I feel discouraged in my teaching or with a student, I am brought up short by his unwavering faith in humanity’s children. In his book Nurtured by Love he wrote:

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Special Sunday
Special Sunday

Although this day, too, is defined partially by a day without teaching, my heart and mind look ahead to the next day with my students. I practice with special intent on my own instrument, welcoming in my Spiritual self. I review what I intend, knowing I will attract the vibrations I am. This day is

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Silly Saturday
Silly Saturday

I enjoy waking up to a relaxed day, usually with something fun planned with friends. I think about my students, hoping they are practicing the violin and enjoying it in a leisurely way. I plan my practice time on this Saturday. I have promised students’ families that I will practice every day. I cannot ask

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